Finnegan’s List at La Criée Oct 20

British Author Adam Thirlwell Among Speakers

Every year, the European Society of Authors publishes “Finnegan’s List”, a list of under-translated -or simply forgotten- works  drawn up by 10 prominent writers from around the world. The idea is simple: each author selects three titles from his or her personal library – fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry – and briefly explains what makes them worthy of inclusion.

Named after Finnegans Wake -James Joyce’s polyglot novel that inspired the project- the List, since 2003, has been part of the European Schwob initiative which supports and promotes the translation of modern classics from around the world.

On October 20, and as part of the European Capital of Culture 2013, Marseille’s La Criée Theater will be hosting the second Schwob/Finnegan’s List event, a top-notch literary talk with British author Adam Thirlwell, the Israeli writer Etgar Keret and Christos Chryssopoulos from Greece, a first in France .

The three participating writers will also discuss translated literature and its necessity in a world like ours because, citing Adam Thirlwell, “translation is literature’s antidote to the problem that every language has its own policed borders”. Thirlwell will present another possible Schwob title, Gertrude Stein’s Wars I Have Seen, a memoir of the Second World War.

The event, supported by the EU Culture  Programme, the Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Jan Michalski Foundation, end with the presentation of the new 2014 Finnegan’s List.


Petite Salle de la Criée
30 Quai de Rive-Neuve
13007 Marseille

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Starts at 4 pm